Places of Interest
Literary giants Flaubert and Proust lived here, as did Monet and Boudin who captured scenes of holidaymakers in their Sunday best on the prom. Trouville was perhaps the original French resort due to the development of the railway from Paris in the 19th century.
A great industrial maritime city at the mouth of the Seine, Le Havre was almost totally destroyed in WW2. A preserved example of the ‘modern’ accommodation designed to rehouse the townsfolk in the 1950s is open to the public, and guided tours of the city’s industrial port are also available.
A small mediaeval port town with exquisite harbourside buildings and a striking wooden church. There is a museum dedicated to the father of impressionism Boudin, who was from the town, as well as a museum of Norman Culture: but the views of the harbour are the main attraction!
Capital of the Bessin area, Bayeux boasts a splendid historic centre and is world famous for its Unesco-listed tapestry depicting the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. However, Bayeux, which has long been a wealthy trading town, also has a long tradition in many crafts, including lace and porcelain. This was also an important religious centre and many of the buildings in the old town are former monasteries.